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To be honest, a hefty slice of the three supplementary studio albums consists of versions of album songs that are nearly identical in approach/arrangement to those familiar versions and therefore are rarely a big revelation. However, every one of these supplements has a great deal to offer the devoted Pixies fan. The most important one is no doubt the b-sides collection, as it offers lots of songs you won't hear elsewhere in any form.
The next one to buy is this one. If, like me, you think the band was at its best in the 87-89 period (the first three albums), you will particularly enjoy this set of outtakes from "Come On Pilgrim," which is tight, smart, fractured original recipe Pixies. I assert, without qualification, that if half a dozen of these recordings had been used to expand "COP" to full-length album size, it would have been an even finer release. (I'm baffled by the choice to release a mini-album given the quality of the outtakes.)
Three songs ("Broken Face," "Break My Body," "I'm Amazed") fall into the better-left-for-later category, and they were. The countrified "Build High" is more interesting/superior to the later b-side version. "Down to the Well" easily trumps the much later album version, and I also find this early "Subbacultcha" superior.Read more ›
To start, the sound quality is much better than I had expected, as I had anticipated a fuzzy demo sound, but these tracks are mastered quite nicely. Secondly, each track, with exception to Rock a My Soul, had been released later (for those who don't know, the Purple Tape are the tracks recorded for but not included on Come On Pilgrim) and it is great fun on how much a track evolved over the years, particularly with Here Comes Your Man and Subbacultcha. In my opinion, the song that sounds best on this album as opposed to its official release is Build High, which is much cleaner than its B-side version.
To those unfamiliar with the Pixies, however, should not get this record. Start with Come On Pilgrim or Doolittle instead, as those albums best illustrate what the Pixies are capable of. (Don't get Death to the Pixies either,, because whoever picked the "greatest hits" for disc one left off way too many of their best material.)
If you consider yourself a big Pixies fan, on the other hand, I would highly recommend purchasing this record.
I was lucky enough to see the Pixies live in 1992, just prior to their breakup. Still, I miss this band, and the superb music they made (well, "Trompe Le Monde" dragged a bit, but I digress . . .). They and other bands like them, ones that were ready and willing to go out on the edge and push the envelope a bit, made the late 80s and early 90s sort of a golden age for alternative music. This CD is a reminder of how good that time was, and how great the Pixies were, are, and continue to be.
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but "Rock A My Soul" was previously released. It was first available on a 7" ep given away with Sounds magazine. It appeared along with "Down To The Well".Published on February 25, 2006 by Vambo
This album, although it is the renowned "Purple Tape" that launched the Pixies' career, it is not an essential. Read morePublished on June 30, 2003 by Brett J. Lalonde
If you are a hardcore Pixies fan, you have gotta get this EP.
This is the other half of the recording that became 'Come on Pilgrim' so it is 86/87 vintage. Read more
Here we have a study on the Pixies in gestation: nearly all of the songs have already appeared on other cds. The versions you already know and love are better than these. Read morePublished on October 3, 2002 by Quickhappy
Although interesting Pixies is far from essential. Short even by EP standards these recordings don't really shed light on what the Pixies created. Read morePublished on September 19, 2002 by x_bruce
The Pixies are one of my favorite bands of all-time. And many who share the same love for the Pixies as I do probably wanted those tracks from the Pixies purple tape demo that... Read morePublished on September 14, 2002 by Paul H.
With 8 of 9 songs appearing on other Pixies releases, the "purple" disc doesn't seem to serve much purpose. Read morePublished on September 14, 2002 by Anthony Cooper
I just bought this album today and I think it is a great addition to my collection. The only drawback is the short length (only about 20 minutes). Read morePublished on July 18, 2002 by Nathan J. Henry
For the most part all of the songs on this "Purple Tape" extract have seen the light of day over the course of the Pixies offical albums. Read morePublished on July 12, 2002 by Mr. Matthew Lambert